Recently, in the October Cadbury Netball Series, Grace came off the bench in the first game when the Silver Ferns were trailing the Aotearoa Men. The men had a 16-9 lead at the first break, when Grace Nweke and Jamie Hume came on as replacements. (Not only is Grace part of the Whau community, but Jamie, who teaches at Glenavon Primary School, is too. The whole school is excited about her elevation to the Ferns.)
Nweke’s presence in the shooting circle – safe hands, strong in the air and accurate under the hoop – made an immediate impact for the Ferns. She played a crucial role in turning the score around with her stand-out performance, for an eventual win 58-47. It was a far more confident Grace, compared to her first outing for the Ferns.
In the second game of the series, Grace earned her first start in the black dress. Captain Gina Crampton in the midcourt was able to deliver ball to Grace at speed in the first quarter. Momentum changed during the match for both teams. The Ferns held their nerve for a thrilling 59-58 win and won the series.
Grace is already making her mark in the Silver Ferns as a leading goal shooter.